La Línea de la Concepción
La Línea de la Concepción | Source: Texts: Patronato Provincial de Turismo. Photo: Francisco Gallardo.
Its origin is the line of Contravalación; Felipe V was who ordered the construction during the sieges of Gibraltar in the 18th century, thus preventing the passage through the isthmus that connects it to the Rock of Gibraltar. After the War of Independence (1810) civilians started arriving because of the jobs offered by Gibraltar, built under cover of the ruins of the border line huts and shacks. This is the start of the first population of La Linea which will be named Linea de la Concepción in honor of the patron saint of the Infantry corps (closely linked to its history).
It has an urbanism of colonial connotations, preserving the Almenara Tower ( 16th century) and the remains of the forts of Santa Bárbara and San Felipe (18th century), as well as the Immaculada Church.
In its vast museum offer there is from the Cruz Herrera Museum, the Museum of the Isthmus, with archaeological finds to the Bullfighting Museum Pepe Cabrera, one of the largest of its kind in Spain.
One of the main tourist attractions are its beaches: La Alcaidesa, El Burgo, La Hacienda, La Atunara and, above all, that of Poniente. In them you can practice any type of water sports such as sailing, water skiing, windsurfing or fishing. The Alcornocales Natural Park lies very close to the city.